Power demand across the UK fell close to its lowest level ever on Sunday, as the National Grid battles to adapt to a radically different kind of economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Electricity consumption slumped to 15.347 GW on early Sunday morning, a drop of more than 12.3pc on last year’s lowest point of demand. This was in keeping with the network operator’s “high impact” scenario for the summer months, laid out as coronavirus swept the UK in April. A spokesperson for the National Grid said that there were no emergency orders to cut power generators such as wind farms and nuclear plants off, but it was “checking to see if this was a record low for demand.”
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The UK’s record-breaking run without coal power passed another milestone yesterday, as National Grid ESO confirmed the grid had completed a full month without any input from the country’s coal-fired power stations. In a tweet yesterday morning, the grid operator announced that as of 12am on Sunday the country had completed 30 days, seven hours, and 36 minutes without coal power.
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